Prostate Cancer

What to Expect Prior to Surgery

To assure your safety to undergo the procedure testing needs to be performed before surgery. These should include:

  • History and Physical exam
  • EKG (electrocardiogram)
  • Blood tests
  • CBC
  • PT / PTT
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • Urinalysis, Urine culture

If you have a history of heart problems, we may request additional clearance from your Cardiologist, which may involve additional testing such as an Echocardiogram or Nuclear Medicine stress test. These tests would be ordered by your Primary Care Physician or Cardiologist, depending on your medical history.

Preparing for Surgery

  • Drink only clear fluids for a 24-hour period prior to the date of your surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the surgery and drink one bottle of Magnesium Citrate (can be purchased at your local pharmacy) the evening before your surgery.
  • Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Alka Seltzer, Vitamin E, Ticlid, Coumadin, Lovenox, Celebrex, Voltaren, Vioxx, Plavix and some other arthritis medications can cause bleeding and should be avoided one week prior to the date of surgery. Please contact your surgeon’s office if you are unsure about which medications to stop prior to surgery. Do not stop any medication without contacting the prescribing doctor to get their approval.